Event Horizon

I am in awe as I ponder an auspicious event in astrophysics. The first picture of a black hole has recently emanated on computer and video screens around the world. But what is more amazing, since a black hole itself cannot be seen, is the event horizon, the circle of light revealing the position of a lightless phenomena.

In general relativity, an event horizon is a region in spacetime beyond which events cannot affect an outside observer. It is the point of no return—as in that place where gravity is so strong an object cannot avoid being drawn in. The term event horizon is often associated with the black hole, a phenomena so dense not even light can escape. Nothing can be seen, tasted, touched, smelled, or heard. Even the idea of sensory awareness has no meaning.

My mind cannot help but see a symbolic meaning here. I hope I don’t get so dense that light is no longer visible. But, who knows, maybe there is more clarity to be gained. Maybe pure awareness is self-illuminated and unseen—only recognized by the light it draws in and emanates. I think the more we look outward to the universe for answers, the more we need to look inward and recognize the answers are already there. Or perhaps, we may learn to ask the right questions